Student Advocacy Director

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Bernard Aoto

(907) 474-6031

Hometown: Waianae, Hawaii

Major: Political Science


Bernard was born and raised in Hawaii for most of his life. After enlisting in the US Army in 2013 as an Artillery Radar Operator and serving at his first duty station of Fort Wainwright, Alaska for 3 years, he decided to pursue higher education here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is currently in his third year pursuing a degree in Political Science with a minor in Justice. In addition to his work with ASUAF, he is President of the UAF Model United Nations club as well as a Student Ambassador with the Office of Admissions. Those who have come to know Bernard have fun and memorable stories both in and out of the classroom and those who have worked with him know that he is a strong supporter of diverse opinions, civil discourse, and accountability. If you have any issues with your instructors, want some insight about university policies, or just want to engage in fun conversation just stop by his office and he will always welcome you.

Duties of the Student Advocacy Director

(per ASUAF Bylaws)

940. Duties of the Student Advocacy Director

941.1 Serve as the designated student ombudsman of the student body.

941.2 Establish working relationships with university student rights and advocacy organizations.

941.3 Handle all student complaints and suggestions in collaboration with the ASUAF President.

941.4 Be visible and accessible to the student body and serve as a source of information to students
concerning the policies, rules and regulations of ASUAF, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

941.5 Complete all university violence prevention, advocacy, and confidentiality trainings as determined by the ASUAF President.

941.6 To serve as the primary ASUAF student representative on all Academic and Grade Appeals Committees.

941.7 To serve as the primary student representative at the Faculty Senate Student Academic Development & Achievement Committee.

What can the Student Advocacy Director help you with?

  • Handle individual or collective grievances with UAF faculty, staff, or administration
  • Discuss academic and student success resources available throughout UAF
  • Provide insight and clarification regarding ASUAF, UAF, and Board of Regents rules, policies, and regulations
  • Raise student concerns to the ASUAF Senate or the Executive for immediate action